Energy

21-09-2021

The weaponisation of Nord Stream 2 has already started

Global market trends surely play a role in explaining the current gas price rally, but the shell game played by the Kremlin is here for everyone to see unless we choose to look the other way, writes Mykhailo Gonchar.
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20-09-2021

Europe must avoid the trap of energy poverty

Soaring energy prices call for a innovative solution. As people in Spain have taken to the streets protesting a sharp 35% increase in electricity bills, the government of Socialist Prime Minister Sánchez reacted swiftly. It announced a reduction in taxes...
20-09-2021

Time for EU and UK to step up cooperation on offshore wind

With the COP26 coming up, now is the time for the EU to engage with the UK to set an ambitious political objective that would help accelerate progress in developing offshore wind in the North Seas, write Simon Skillings and...
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17-09-2021

The Next Revolution in Green Energy is Coming from Right Beneath our Feet

The energy industry is at a moment of reckoning. As the global energy demand continues to double and triple, climate change will not wait for us to solve the green energy conundrum on our own schedule. John Redfern is the...
16-09-2021

How the European Central Bank can unleash the building renovation wave

Trillions is needed for the deep building renovations required to meet Europe's climate targets.  To make this happen, EU institutions need to use the network of banks across Europe and incentivise loans for home renovation, argue finance campaigners.
Electricity 15-09-2021

A giant leap towards energy sustainability: The African single electricity market

Creating a single electricty market across Africa is an immmense task, but will mean cheaper, reliable and renewable electricity, increasing the number of people who have access to power, writes Johan van den Berg.
14-09-2021

Achieving climate neutrality will depend on how we decarbonise our building stock

Effiecient, technological and smarter buildings should be the cornerstone of Europe's decarbonisation, but more effort needs to go towards renovating the bloc's current building stock, writes Seán Kelly.
Electricity 07-09-2021

Trust, not control: Germany, EVs and the power of consumer choice

Faced with the challenge of integrating electric vehicles without jeopardising power system reliability, Germany's federal energy ministry started work with distribution system operators on a new tariff design. What followed is a cautionary tale, write Andreas Jahn, Jaap Burger, Jan Rosenow.
07-09-2021

It’s high time to make the EU’s buildings directive fit for 2030 and beyond

The make-or-break decade for deep cuts in energy consumption and carbon emissions has already begun, writes Oliver Rapf. Now it’s time to radically revise our legislation, in particular the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), he argues.
06-09-2021

Coal mine methane: a missed opportunity for EU’s CBAM

The EU’s carbon border adjustment mechanism had an opportunity to include methane in its scope and act against sources of the potent greenhouse gas, but this was left out of the final published draft. Future EU climate legislation cannot afford to make the same mistake, writes Anatoli Smirnov.
02-09-2021

How to regulate hydrogen networks

The need for regulating networks for transporting hydrogen is becoming increasingly urgent, but the legislation needs to be designed in a way to give the market flexibility to overcome the challenges ahead, writes Noé van Hulst.
27-08-2021

Sustainable living space in a world of limits: a need for dialogue

Challenges to ecological and social sustainability require us to integrate limits to resource consumption into all areas, including residential space, write Doris Fuchs, Sylvia Lorek, Pia Mamut and Nils Blossey.
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26-08-2021

Greek fires: Blaming climate change is only the start, phasing out fossil fuels is the rest

If Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis is to help save Greece – and the planet – from the climate emergency, the changes his government must make are dramatic, writes Jonathan Gant.
23-08-2021

A carbon neutral Europe? Not without the Balkans!

Increasing their share of renewable energy is crucial to the Western Balkans, but this must be done using the right technology for the region and with support from the European Union, argue Viola von Cramon-Taubadel and Thomas Waitz.

Carbon pricing in buildings and transport is necessary but must be done well

Without pricing CO2 emissions from buildings and transport, Europe will miss its -55% emissions target, but it must be introduced bearing in mind the political and societal risks, particularly in countries like Poland, writes Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera.
30-07-2021

Carbon pricing in buildings? Help renovate and fuel-switch to renewables first

Including buildings in an emissions trading scheme will have a limited impact on emissions. The EU must also focus on an ambitious revision of the energy performance of buildings directive to ensure that emissions are sufficiently decreased, writes Monica Frassoni.
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28-07-2021

EFDN Members Commit to their Environmental Roles with Sustainable Initiatives

The European Football for Development Network highlights diverse initiatives brought by football clubs to commit to environmental issues. In Belgium and Norway, two clubs have settled new initiatives to develop sustainable changes to their stadium.
26-07-2021

Tackling energy poverty is a non-negotiable part of the green transition

Europe's new climate legislation must focus on renovating its inefficient buildings and lifting millions of people out of energy poverty, but that is only possible if the EU works together with local governments, writes Emil Boc.
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23-07-2021

How to reconcile the different interests in the “Fit for 55” package?

Though all Member States backed EU’s higher target of a net domestic reduction of greenhouse gases emissions by at least 55% until 2030 compared to 1990, recently proposed regulatory solutions may deepen a division between countries, when it comes to...
20-07-2021

Europe’s hydrogen split: blue vs green and north vs south

The only element keeping blue hydrogen projects alive are subsidies and as green hydrogen declines in cost more government subsidies will be needed. This might be good for Shell and Exxon but is unlikely to be popular with voters, writes Mike Parr.

Europe fiddles while forests burn

The European Commission's approach to using forest wood for energy could prove a faux pas ahead of the COP26 UN climate summit in November, a dangerous move which contradicts the findings of the EU executive's own research department, writes Peg Putt.  
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14-07-2021

Oil and gas needs the courage to reinvent itself

By unveiling the ambitious climate package “Fit for 55”, the European Commission showed that the EU’s climate law adopted in April can have teeth. The proposed overhaul of the EU’s regulatory environment is necessary to deliver on the promise to...
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13-07-2021

Upscaling hydrogen for 55: The EU should hedge its bets

On the eve of the publication of the highly anticipated Fit-for-55 Package, many questions remain unanswered about how the EU plans to approach hydrogen. Johannes Trüby is Director/ Economic Advisory at Deloitte. From costs and investments, to infrastructure, imports and...

EU climate targets are undermined by ETS subsidies. They must end

Some industry groups have called to maintain free CO2 allowances in addition to the upcoming carbon border levy. Their addiction to subsidies must be brought to an end, otherwise Europe risks triggering a trade war that would also undermine the EU's climate leadership, write Connie Hedegaard and Pascal Lamy.